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Russia’s Kuibyshev oil refinery lost half of its capacity after the last drone attack – Reuters

The refinery was responsible for 1.34% of Russia’s total oil refining capacity, having processed 3.687 million tons of crude oil last year. It was among at least nine refineries hit by Ukraine’s drones.
Novokuibyshevsk oil refinery in Russia's Samara Oblast
Heavy fire started at the oil refinery in Novokuibyshevsk in Russia’s Samara Oblast after locals heared explosions on 23 March 2024. Source: Telegram channel Gorod Novokuibyshevsk
Russia’s Kuibyshev oil refinery lost half of its capacity after the last drone attack – Reuters

Ukraine conducted at least two successful drone strikes targeting the Kuibyshev oil refinery on 16 March and 23 March 2024.

According to Reuters, the refinery has halted one of its two primary refining units following a drone attack over the weekend. According to industry sources cited by the outlet, the attack knocked out half of the refinery’s capacity.

Samara regional Governor Dmitry Azarov reported that a fire broke out at the refinery after a Ukrainian drone attacked it on the morning of 23 March 2024. The blaze engulfed the primary oil refining unit, known as CDU-5, which has a production capacity of 70,000 barrels per day.

Ukraine has intensified its attacks on Russian oil infrastructure since the beginning of the year, targeting at least ten large refineries, some several times, to cripple Russia’s fuel revenue spent on the military and direct fuel supplies for the army.

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According to Reuters estimates, Russian oil refining capacity that was shut down in the first quarter due to Ukrainian drone attacks amounts to at least 4.6 million tons (370,500 barrels per day), or some 7% of the total.

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